SUNYAC Roundup 1/13/12

Brockport Golden Eagles 3           Nichols Bison 1

Tuttle North Ice Arena (Attendance: 350)

The Golden Eagles (6-9-2 overall, 2-5-1 SUNYAC) scored three unanswered goals to close out the final 29 minutes of regulation to defeat Nichols on Friday night. The Bison (3-11-1 overall, 1-3-0 ECAC Northeast) jumped out to a one-goal lead at 4:40 of the second period on a shorthanded goal by Greg Strootman. Nichols would not score again despite outshooting Brockport 38-27 for the game. Steve Sachman tied the game at one at 8:46 of the second period and Pat Hayden gave the Golden Eagles the lead at 8:45 of the third period. Brett Jendra added an empty-net goal. Brockport goalie Oliver Wren made 37 saves.

#13 Elmira Soaring Eagles 5          Morrisville Mustangs 1

Murray Athletic Center (Attendance: 950)

Elmira’s Christian Morissette scored twice in the second period and Jesper Strale added a goal and three assists for the 13th-ranked Soaring Eagles (11-5-1 overall, 5-0-0 ECAC West) on Friday night. The Mustangs (2-13-1 overall, 1-6-1 SUNYAC) found themselves shorthanded for the majority of the game, committing 15 penalties for a total of 46 penalty minutes. However, Elmira capitalized on just one of its 12 power play chances. Brendan Sanders scored on the team’s final power play opportunity of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the third period. Morrisville’s Geoff Matzel scored the Mustangs’ lone goal of the game. Elmira outshot Morrisville 57-20.

#6 Neumann Knights 5            Fredonia Blue Devils 2

Steele Hall (Attendance 79)

Leading 2-1 after the second period, the sixth-ranked Knights scored three times in the third period to pull away from SUNY Fredonia (7-6-3 overall, 2-3-3 SUNYAC) on Friday night. Neumann (12-4-0 overall, 2-3-0 ECAC West) scored its final two goals while on the power play, including an empty-net goal. Fredonia’s Matt Hehr tied the game at one at 5:18 of the second period while on the power play, but the Knights recaptured the lead 21 seconds later on a goal by Mike Rey. Andrew Love, William Lacasse and Dave Gervais all scored goals in the third period for the Knights.

Western New England Golden Bears 1          Geneseo Ice Knights 0

Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena (Attendance: 750)

Just two days after putting up six goals against Hobart College, SUNY Geneseo could not find the back of the net against Western New England (8-6-0 overall, 3-1-0 ECAC Northeast) on Friday night. T.J. Fatse recorded 46 saves to earn the shutout for the Golden Bears. Trent Kruegar scored the only goal of the game at 9:04 of the first period on the power play. The Ice Knights (10-7-0 overall, 4-4-0 SUNYAC) were unable to convert on any of their six power play opportunities.

Johnson and Wales Wildcats 4          Buffalo State Bengals 3

Thayer Rink (Attendance: 107)

Jeremiah Ketts scored the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Wildcats (9-4-2 overall, 3-0-1 ECAC Northeast) the victory over the Bengals (8-6-2 overall, 4-3-1 SUNYAC) on Friday night. The Bengals and Wildcats traded goals and neither team led by more than a goal. The two teams exchanged goals in the first period en route to a 2-2 tie at intermission. The Bengals took the lead in the second period on Kyle Whipple’s power-play goal at 14:42. Before the end of the period, Trevor Jewell tied the game at three at 18:43.

Manhattanville Valiants 7         Potsdam Bears 1

Playland Ice Casino (Attendance: 356)

Manhattanville (7-4-3 overall, 2-2-0 ECAC West) scored five goals in a span of four minutes en route to a six-goal first period against visiting Potsdam (6-8-2 overall, 4-4-0 SUNYAC). The Valiants received goal contributions from six different players and Scott Hudson tallied the final two goals. Manhattanville scored three power-play goals on nine chances and outshot the Bears 53-26. Potsdam’s Bill Tsekos scored the Bears’ only goal of the game at 14:18 of the first period on the power play. Potsdam goaltender Kevin McFarland was pulled after 16:09 and replaced by Dylan Ellis.

#3 Plattsburgh Cardinals 7           Middlebury Panthers 0

Kenyon Arena (Attendance: 1,570)

Regardless of who the Panthers (6-5-2 overall, 5-3-0 NESCAC) put in between the pipes on Friday night, not one of them could find an answer for stopping the third-ranked Cardinals’ offensive attack. Seven different Cardinals (11-2-4 overall, 6-1-1 SUNYAC) scored on three different Middlebury goaltenders. John Yanchek started the game and finished with 14 saves on 18 shots before being replaced with 5:24 remaining in the second period. Dan Fullam came in and made five saves on seven shots before being replaced by Mike Peters with 9:42 remaining in the game. Peters made one save on two shots. Mathieu Cadieux finished with 25 saves for the shutout.

#2 Oswego State Lakers 3          Curry Colonels 1

Campus Center Ice Arena (Attendance: 1,380)

Following a two-week layoff after being shutout by Neumann in the championship game of the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic, the Lakers (12-2-2 overall, 6-0-2 SUNYAC) scored two late power-play goals on Friday night to pull away from Curry College (7-6-1 overall, 5-0-0 ECAC Northeast). Jon Whitelaw broke a 1-1 tie at 14:11 of the third period before Luke Moodie gave Oswego State a two-goal cushion with 2:19 remaining in regulation. Zack Josepher scored the game’s first goal for the Lakers at 1:35 of the second period. Joshua Pineiro scored Curry’s lone goal.

Mike Kraft

Managing Editor of The Oswegonian Executive Editor of The PlayMaker & The Oswego State Men's Ice Hockey Guide Men's Ice Hockey Beat Writer 2009-Current